Beans, beans and more beans!

(Contributed photo)

If you had a chili dog or a cup of chili at the China Baptist Church Hamburger booth at the Windsor Fair….this is where it came from. Pastor Ron saved all the (clean) cans and had everyone build a pyramid with them during Fellowship hour after church Sunday. The booth used four batches of chili every day of the fair. Twenty one years ago a group from the church bought an older office trailer and converted it and built in a kitchen for the fair booth to raise money for the general fund. The church has been doing the fair for 20 years and the booth is staffed by volunteers. Four people, four shifts a day for nine days. Every Thursday of the fair the church’s Boy Scout troop #479 takes over the running of the booth to help out. If you missed us this year be sure and stop by next year.

PHOTO: Emerging from Willow tunnel

Webelo Willow Mudie emerges from a willow tunnel at the two-mile point and moved out to complete her three-mile hike. Leading the patrol as the map reader, Willow and her mom were buddies as they completed the outer loop and a modified pond trail at the Viles Arboretum. Family engagement is a key for Scout success and Cub Pack #603, in Augusta, encourages parent participation. Willow is working to complete outdoor requirements while weather allows. (Contributed photo)

PHOTO: On goal

Nixon Souviney, of Winslow, directs this kick towards the opposing goal in soccer action. (photo by Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Cub Scouts carve their great pumpkins

Cub Scouts from Skowhegan Cub Pack #485 show off the great pumpkins they carved in time for Halloween. (photo courtesy of Chuck Mahaleris)

Scouts learn about trucks

Two Scouts, Gage Brunelle, left, and Gage McFarland, both of Windsor, happily climbed into McGee Construction trucks. (contributed photo)

Augusta Cub Scout Pack #684 held a “Touch A Truck” event on Saturday, October 23, at Mill Park. Youth from around the area climbed on, and in, large rigs and small earthmovers learning from the owners how each worked. The event also had information about Cub Scouting for those who struggle and wanted more than one day of fun. Cubmaster Shawn McFarland said, “This was our first time doing this event and it got postponed once due to weather earlier in autumn. It was great to see kids having fun and learning and exploring. We will have this again next year.” He thanked NRF, Maine X Construction, Steven A McGee Construction, New Gen Powerline, Bisson transport, and the city of Augusta for their support.

PHOTOS: Fairfield police support local Halloween event

Photo by Mark Huard

On October 31, the Fairfield Police Department hosted their Second Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat Drive Thru, and it was a huge success. What started as a solution for trick or treating the first Halloween during COVID, has now turned into an annual event. The Fairfield Police Department plans on continuing the tradition for years to come. None of this would be possible without the amazing contributions and participation from members of the community. They look forward to Halloween of 2022!

Photo by Mark Huard

Photos and text by Mark Huard

PHOTOS: Youth active in sports in central Maine

League champions

The Palermo Consolidated School’s middle school soccer team beat St. Michael’s School in a 2-0 win for the championship.  They had a 9-0-1 record for the season.  They end the season with a great appreciation for their coach, Dick Reitchel.  Dick Reitchel has been the soccer coach for Palermo School for eight years and also coaches and helps run the Palermo Youth Athletics (PYA) program. (photo courtesy of Stephanie Oliphant)

PAL Senior League champs

The Clinton Lions were crowned champions of the PAL senior league. Front row, from left to right, Colt Robinson, Brady Dearborn, Casey Gagnon, Nolan Owens, Caleb Collins, and Gage Mckenney. Second row, LoganWise, Trent Wishart, Keegan Littlefield, Cody Gagnon, Kayleb Gerow, Tucker St. Jarre, Trevor Denis, Kahl Bolster, Carter Sanborn and Maddok Lepage. Back, Coaches Jevon Owens, Toby Gagnon and Ryan Robinson. (contributed photo)

Cap unbeaten season

Messalonskee Grade 5/6 finished the season unbeaten (7-0) by outscoring the competition 284-46. Team members include, front, from left to right, Dawson Wellman, Sean Smith, Ayden Estes, Hunter Poulin, Hayden Cook, Malachi Cusano, Cavan Gooding, Parker Doucette, Brandon Frowery, Dawson Baker, Dominick Berry and Wyatt Bucknam, Middle row, Cameron Burrows, Trenton Bell, Owen Emmons, Connor Caron, Brayden Stewart, Eben Potter, Gabriel Steinberger, Caleb Corrow and Chase Lawler. Back, coaches Andy Steinberger, Justin Lawler, Tyler Jandreau, Darren Doucette and David Cusano. Absent from photo, Shawn Higgins, Graham Fitzsimmons, Quinn Charles. (photo by Sarah Lawler, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Waterville advances

The Waterville Purple Panthers quarterback Liam Von Oesen with the carry during last Friday’s game vs. Mount Desert Island. The Panthers captured the win, 50-40, and will advance to the Regional North Large School 8-man football game this coming Saturday, November 6, versus Morse High School, of Bath. (photo by Kevin Giguere, Central Maine Photography)

Irene Belanger honored for 22 years of service

Irene Belanger, seated left, recently retired from the select board after 22 years of service. Pictured with her are her husband, “Val”. right, and her immediate family standing behind her. (photo courtesy of Kelly Grotton)

PHOTOS: Winslow travel soccer U-13 & U-10

Winslow U-13: Front row, from left to right, Nixon Souviney, Charles Theobald, Noah Solomon, Scott LeClair, Bode Carlson, Jack Flaherty and Luca Churchill. Second row, Evan Barlow, Eliott Stepp, Carter Calvo, Peyton Stewart, Frank Farnham and Caden Giroux. Back, Coach Nick Souviney and Coach Joshua Giroux. Absent from photo, Renton O’Toole and Brody Brockway. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

Winslow U-10: Front row, from left to right, Clayton Humphrey, Eli Nadeau, Deegan Grenier and Tobey McCabe. Back, Coach Wayne Doughty, Bradley Poulin, Nathan Rossignol, Jack Calvo, Preston Bailey and Coach Jarred Bailey. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)